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Where will spying take us?

January 10, 2014

In light of my last couple of posts, I thought I would post a few more sources of information. I don’t think that the current spying controversy is an isolated phenomenon but is instead part of a continuum of social development all over the world and throughout history. I do think that the issue of spying is important enough to focus on because of the implications it has for human nature, social control and freedom, particularly in our generation of technological and scientific advancement.

 

The following are two documentaries, one made by an independent film-maker from the Netherlands and another by a British journalist who writes for the Guardian.

 

http://documentarystorm.com/panopticon/

 

In addition, for those who hold an interest in these subjects, you might want to check out this video about new RFID chip technology:

 

 

To help understand a bit more about the context, there is another interesting video that deals with these issues but from another perspective. The following is a documentary created by an engineer who is currently employed at Google, he also runs several technology development companies. His name is Ray Kurzweil, and he is a leading advocate in a movement called “Transhumanism” which seeks to develop the evolution of humans through machines:

 

Here is a recent article from The Guardian which details an inquiry made by the Civil Liberties committee of the EU:

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/09/nsa-gchq-illegal-european-parliamentary-inquiry

 

I am probably getting ahead of myself here, but I think that it is also important to consider all of these developments in technology and surveillance with regard to other contemporaneous developments in society. I am planning a different kind of post where I will address these issues further, but I will finish this one with consideration of the recently passed Anti-Social Behavior Order in the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-social_behaviour_order

From wiki: “The orders, introduced in the United Kingdom by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998,[1] were designed to correct minor incidents that would not ordinarily warrant criminal prosecution.[2]

It is interesting to note from the “Less Common ASBOs” section the following:

  • Two teenage boys from east Manchester forbidden to wear one golf glove, as it was a symbol of membership of a particular gang.[8]
  • A 13-year-old forbidden to use the word “grass” as a term of abuse in order to threaten people.[8]
  • A 15-year-old forbidden to play football in his street.[8]
  • An 18-year-old male was banned from congregating with more than three youths, and subsequently arrested when he entered a very popular youth club. The subject scheduled for that day in the club was how to deal with anti-social behaviour.[8]
  • The first farmer to be given an ASBO was instructed to keep his geese and pigs from damaging his neighbour’s property.[8]
  • The oldest recipient of an ASBO, an 87-year-old man who was sarcastic to his neighbours.[8]
  • A group of girls aged 3-7 years were issued an ASBOs notice for playing in their community garden.[39]

 

There are both reasons and implications for control states. It is this topic I wish to address in my next post.

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